The Louvre Abu Dhabi is part of the overall development of Saadiyat Island located off the coast of the Abu Dhabi. Saadiyat Island is on the banks of the tidal river Khwar al Bighal. Opened in 2017, it is the first universal museum in the Arab world. It is designed by Pritzker prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. Saadiyat Island features shopping districts, residential and educational districts, tourism, sport and leisure districts as well as a cultural district incorporating four museums.